Photo: Michael Taylor/Landsat/NASA

Pale sediments are carried out to sea by the rivers of the Mergui Archipelago of Myanmar. Dark blue ocean waters mix with the sediment, creating turbulent swirls in this natural color satellite image. With the sediment comes valuable nutrients for plant life in the ocean, which can prompt the formation of phytoplankton blooms.

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Elusive Giant Squid Captured on Film

A team of scientists have finally photographed the creature thought to have inspired the myth of the “kraken.” The team went to depths greater than 3,000 feet and came face-to-face with the the giant squid. It is described as having eyes the size of dinner plates and razor sharp suckers. Footage of the massive predator will premiere on Discovery Channel’s “Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real” on January 27 at 8 p.m. ET. - Read Discovery’s press release for more information.

Photo by: AP Photo / NHK / NEP / Discovery Channel

Ed note: Why the giant squid is the dragon of the deep.

Explore the ocean with Google Maps

Google Maps strives to provide people around the globe with the most comprehensive, accurate and usable map of the world - including the underwater world. This ocean collection includes six of the world’s most incredible underwater spots, including coral reefs (and their inhabitants) in Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii.


Each robotboat is fully autonomous, needs no fuel, and will bring to bear myriad sensors at remote points on the surface of oceans, lakes, and rivers.  

Here’s why the Robotboat is the best way yet to generate information about the world’s oceans:

  • More data = better ocean management
  • Fully automatic = cheap to acquire data
  • Fast = station-keep in high seas; get to points of interest quickly
  • Durable = collect longitudinal data; self-righting
  • Each boat = millions upon millions of datapoints

Electricity flows from ocean turbine to grid for first time in western hemisphere

Tidal power went from theory to reality Thursday when, for the first time in the western hemisphere, electricity flowed from an ocean-based turbine to the electricity grid.

The World’s Oceanographic Data, at Your Fingertips

Have you ever wondered what the water temperature off the Kamchatka Peninsula is?  What about the wind speed in the Andaman Sea?  Or maybe you’re losing sleep over the chlorophyll levels in the South Pacific.  Fortunately, all of that information –- and 450 million other data points collected from oceanographic instruments around the world –- is freely and easily accessible thanks to the Marinexplore project.

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Oregon Wave Farm to Be First in United States to Harness Motion in the Ocean

It’s been some time in coming, but the first wave farm in the United States just got licensed. The 1.5-megawatt wave farm was built by Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. off the coast of Reedsport, Oregon.

Mapping the Oceans by NationalGeographic

World maps usually center on the land, with the Pacific Ocean divided as bookends. To show each ocean as a whole with the least distortion for our “Beneath the Oceans” supplement map, we used a map projection called an interrupted Mollweide centered on the Pacific.


A visualization of the world’s oceans.

From NASA:

This visualization shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 through Decmeber 2007. The visualization does not include a narration or annotations; the goal was to use ocean flow data to create a simple, visceral experience.

Or as FastCo.Design described it “Better Than Van Gogh”


Climate Hot Map, is an interactive map that shows the impacts of climate change around the world. Click one of the markers and a project or issue pops open with more information. The marker in Siberia, for example, opens to researchers burning methane from thawing permafrost through snow.